Classic Motor Carriages Corportate Headquarters52 Comment

Classic Motor Carriages | Wed, 05 Jan 2011 Posted by :

This place was huge. 160,000 square feet of kit car building bliss. It had a 45 foot steel tower with a rotating platform that displayed cars. What a sight that must have been in person. Anyone out there have any real photos of the building?

52 Comments

  1. Silvio says:

    Hi, I just found out old catalogues of CMC that I’d asked 30+ years ago. If anyone is interested, I can send them.

  2. Mike says:

    In 1994 bought the 34 rag top..Took three years to get some of my parts..Never put it together..Lost intrest close to 13.333.00..Was part of a class action Many of us sued…years later got back only $750.00 Sold the damn thing for $2500.00 still in the box.

  3. CM says:

    I have an un-built CMC 1934 Ford Coupe. It was purchased in 2001 and other than being uncrated nothing no work was done to it. It is located in central New Jersey. Please contact me if you might be interested in purchasing it. Thank you.

    • Franco says:

      Hello!!you can send me the photos are interested.

      • E Johnson says:

        I too have an unassembled CMC 34 Coupe. It is still in the crate and was purchased in 1992. My husband recently passed away and I am trying to sell it.

      • CM says:

        Hi Franco,
        Thank you for your interest. I am sorry for the delay in responding. I do have some mediocre photos but do not know how to send them without an email address. I understand if you do not want to post yours here, just as I do not want to, but do you know of some other way to send a message to each other privately via this site?
        Thank you.

    • Sylvio says:

      Just saw your posting I too am in central jersey please email me back if u still have the 34 I’d like to look at it
      Sylvio

  4. Steve Barusso says:

    I have almost bought a kit car,a 34 Ford roadster from a person who has one that is for sale, it suppose to have all the runing gear and all parts to complete the entire build.
    My question is it has a title showing it as a 1990 therfore does it have to have all emissions and air bag installs to register once completed? I am from Massachusetts. And i think it does in this state. Would I be wise to stay away from this, after reading all the class action suits against cmc/street beasts hot rods, which is what this kit car is from?/

  5. Dan Schumer says:

    I just buoght a 1990 Gazelle at the First Annual Corvette Vintage Car Auction. I am the third owner. The car has 2300 miles on it. I beleive it is a factory built car by Classic Motor Carriages Inc. Does any one have records of their built cars?

    • Donnie says:

      Hey there,

      You will never find any records on their builds. CMC closed down years ago and unless the records are in a barn somewhere after all of the trouble they got in, they are long gone

      Thanks for writing

  6. karen Rolfes says:

    My Dad bought a Cobra kit car in late 90s from CMC. Hasnt been put together, we have all of the parts including 302 engine. I have an owner of local Ford store interested in buying it, any idea of what it would be worth? He put in about $18K before he passed away.
    Thanks

    • Donnie says:

      Unfortunately is does not matter how much money he put into it. Sad reality is CMC churned out so many cars and their build quality was hit or miss. I know you have probably heard this before but its only worth what the end user will pay for it. I have seen completed cobra kits sell for as little as $18k in the past that needed nothing more then some paint and your choice of wheels.

    • sonny says:

      you will not get 18k for the cobra kit I just picked up one for 2k with rebuilt eng. and trans.

  7. Michael says:

    I have a 1979 Classic Motor Carriages 1929 Mercedes Gazelle 2 door fully complete and restored. Its red in color,with black color fenders.Authentic badges around the grill.Nice rims with new tires all around,and rear spare.The vehicle comes complete with original owners manual.Enjoy driving it,but have now decided to move on to another kit car. Interested buyers can reach me at 520-272-3229,or email me at : themapcogroup@hotmail.com

  8. Anyone wanting information on Classic might try to contace Curt Scott, publisher of KIT CAR GUIDE and other things associated with kits. He sued and was sued by Classic.

    Curt is a good guy, but He has nothing good to say about them, but he might have some contact information. He wrote several op-eds blasting CMC’s dirty business practices and for the horrible quality of their products.

    I wish you lotsa luck in finding any replacement parts for ANY CMC kits.

  9. Charly Vang says:

    How can we get body parts for the 1929 Mercedes Gazelle?
    Thanks,

  10. [...] to be confused with the later Classic Motor Carriages and its still-later “Street Beasts” [...]

  11. ray says:

    I need brown upholstry for a 1929 gazell kit car , any one know where I can find it ?

  12. Gene says:

    I used to work there. I did cold calling telemarketing & inbound calls also. It was our job to try & get a $3500 deposit on kits. I figured that they ran the company into the ground & kept all the deposits.

    • I worked there and was the top salesmen for 10 years , wow time flys , then worked for street beast til they went under ,

      • Donnie says:

        Thats pretty cool Jerry. I was eying some of the street beast stuff during the auction but did not end up jumping on anything. I noticed in some of the photos there were a set of molds for what looked like the old CMC 959 kit, and also a unbuilt gazelle. Any idea where all that stuff ended up going ?

        • Charly says:

          Hi Donnie,
          Do you know how much the Mercedes Gazelle kit sell for $.. be fore they went out of business? I am looking for an ads that have the sell price but, can not get one.

  13. jay l says:

    need finish parts for cmc cobra. any ideas where to look. thanks jay l

  14. Don W says:

    I have a Classic Motor Carriages Kit Car 1928 Mercides. 85% Completed mostly electrical yet to go. Any one interested?
    Don W

  15. Jim teach says:

    I have a CMC 34 Ford coupe. It has a number of 1515. Is there any way of telling what year the kit was built. Thank’s Jim

  16. GOLDEN CLASSICS says:

    We need parts for a 56 Porche Roadster 727 515 2858 DAN

  17. ERIC L says:

    Hi guys, I am selling my 356 Speedster by CMC. Only 4500 miles.
    Red with black interior and top + tonneau
    Dual port 1600cc. 4 Disc brakes. Fun to drive
    Bought new [old] toy
    Email if you need photos.

    • Farmer says:

      I would be interested in seeing the pictures of the 356. WOuld be more interested in a “C” version if that is the way this one was configured.

      Thanks

      • Bern Juracka says:

        I’ve got a CMC Speedster C that I’m in the process of putting up for sale. It’s black and has a CB Performance 2110 cc engine (rated at 150 HP)with dual Weber carbs. It was built in 2000-2001
        I bought it from the builder in 2004. It’s got 3040 miles on it.
        I use it mainly for parades and rallys.
        The car (and me) are in north central AZ.

    • Mike says:

      nterested in pictures of 356, asking price, and location to see.

      thanx
      mike

    • Donald Webb says:

      I have a speedster as well i want to sell same as yours but the engine is a race engine 1776 cc 40 inch webber carbs . torbo muffler . i don’t know what to ask for it don web 242 202-8762

  18. Wolfgang says:

    Great photos. I ordered my CMC Speedster Nov ’89. Ha, still working on finishing it! I might qualify for the longest build time. Any photos with Speedsters in them?

  19. Rick says:

    What is in the building now and what is the address of the building. If I’m ever in Fargo I would drive by.

  20. Charlie Kaufmann says:

    Hi from Switzerland.
    I have a similar registration problem here in Switzerland. I would need the production date for the “Classic Gazelle” with the ID No. B11392. Do I have a chance to get a document which proves this?
    I got this Volkswagen conversion from my old uncle in Oklahoma and shipped it to Europe.
    I would appreciate a positive answer very much.
    Thank you very much.
    CK

  21. ERIC L says:

    Hello from France
    I bought a 356 speedster built by CMC and in order to get “french paper” to be on the road I need to provide information
    Do they still have record as to when car was built providing the serial number

    When did they start and closed business?

    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Hi Eric,

      Classic Motor Carriages started sometime in 1978 and closed in 1994 after the Florida attorney General filed lawsuits against them. They eventually opened up again as a company called Street Beasts selling just hot rods but that company was also shut down in 2010. I tried during the bankruptcy auction to try and secure any information that had but nobody would return my calls or email.

      Please send us over a few photos of your car using our contact form. We would love to see them and add them to the site.

      Thanks

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